By Javier Manjarres
Unions are threatening to strike again- this time its the International Longshoremen’s Association, and if there is a walkout come December 30th, it would will put the nation’s national security at risk, potentially closing ports in Florida and neighboring states.
In a letter to President Obama, Governor Rick Scott expressed his concerns over the possible strike between the union and the U.S. Maritime Alliance (USMX) that could affect 15 ports throughout the Gulf of Mexico and the eastern seaboard.
Scott’s letter requests that Obama follow the precedents set forth by Republicans presidents Richard Nixon and George W. Bush and invoke the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947 that would “prevent or interrupt a work stoppage at the ports.”
“The Taft-Hartley Act provides your administration with tools that can help avoid this threat… On behalf of the State of Florida, I respectfully request that you invoke the act when the contract … expires at the end of the month.” - Governor Rick Scott (Reuters)
Given President Obama’s track record, we know that he can’t be expected to act in the national interest- it’s always about putting his agenda and the parochial interests of his supporters that are aligned with his agenda first. Unions put Obama in office, and they are undoubtedly expecting him to intervene on their behalf.
A strike, even a short one, would cause significant economic damage throughout our already beleaguered economy, and that’s not an outcome that the president wouldn’t be striving to avoid if the USMX is unwilling to cave to what are exceedingly ridiculous union demands. Obama may broker a backdoor deal to keep the unions at bay, but if there are political benefits to be had that damage Republicans including Governor Scott, Obama could let a strike play out regardless of all of the chaos that would result.
That’s just how Obama rolls- our lawless and contemptuous president, never letting a crisis go to waste.
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